Arnab Goswami has opened many boxes never thought possible

In my lifetime, I never thought that I would see Sonia Gandhi being mocked and ridiculed on live television.

In 2014, Congress didn’t just lose an election. They were left in a situation where they couldn’t even be recognized as an opposition party. But apparently, that was not enough. Five years passed and still nobody in media dared to say a word of criticism against Queen Sonia Gandhi.

Their worries were not unfounded. What if the Congress had come back in 2019? The Congress has had many setbacks, but it has never lost two general elections in a row.

So 2019 came and went. The results for the Congress were even more disastrous. The BJP went past 300 seats. The Congress, again, was not in a position to even form the opposition.

A year after that historic verdict, the inevitable has finally happened. Somebody in the media has had the courage to ridicule Sonia Gandhi! What is amazing is how long it took.

True, Arnab became a pariah in the media by taking this huge risk. When the Mumbai Police picked him up for a grueling 12 hour interrogation, not one journalist dared to so much as tweet in his favor. The week before they were all crying copious tears because some editor of some two bit leftist portal got a knock on the door from police.

In fact, as it stands, Arnab has been disowned by the entire journalist community. Liberals on social media had a field day enjoying his plight at the hands of police. The right wing on social media was boiling with anger.

But these things don’t matter very much. The mouse does not matter. What is important is that somebody has belled the cat.

All these years, so many people believed that much worse things happen to those who dare speak against the Queen. Yes, Arnab didn’t have a picnic, but come on… at the end of the day, it was 12 hours of his life. And he came out of it roaring with energy. And he went on to continue his anti-Sonia Gandhi tirade. And he will probably emerge as the biggest winner in the TRP game.

Something has changed now and it cannot be changed back again.

A few days ago, I had described criticism of the Queen as an invisible electric fence. I bet even the most compromised Pidi journalists must have fantasized about it, just for fun. But their hearts would melt in fear at the thought of crossing that threshold.

Arnab has shown that the fence was never there. And once you prove that the fence isn’t real, the floodgates are bound to open. He was about six years too late, but the inevitable has happened.

Do you realize that Rahul Gandhi is the first ever member of the Nehru-Gandhi clan to be mocked by the people?

It wasn’t always like this. Around 2005-06, when his career was being launched, there were all the symptoms that he too would live the sheltered life of Congress royalty. Everything would be credited to the power of his “dreams.”

Well, Rajiv Gandhi had dreamed about computers, but he surely hadn’t dreamed about social media. Mocking Rahul Gandhi was something that began on social media. At first a trickle, then a flood and finally a deluge. And now it has got to the point that even a two bit liberal Pidi has to make some jibes against Rahul Gandhi simply to stay borderline credible.

You see what happened here? The Dynasty just gave up.

But think about it. There is no real difference between Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. What happened to Rahul can happen to Sonia just as well.

And this time, the credit goes to Arnab Goswami. He’s moved into the openly anti-Sonia Gandhi space and taken ownership of it.

Other journalists can boycott him, act like he doesn’t exist or that he doesn’t have any rights. Fine. But in the public square, the Pidis will now have to defend BOTH Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.

Until now, Sonia Gandhi was the politician whose politics could not even be discussed. You were supposed to revere her politics without question. Now, Pidis will have to step out and defend her. And we all know how badly that defense can fall apart.

In five years, I guarantee you Sonia Gandhi will be mocked just as badly as Rahul Gandhi is today. Then, we will all look back and wonder what the fuss was all about…

 

 

13 thoughts on “Arnab Goswami has opened many boxes never thought possible

  1. What questions the police could have asked for twelve hours of interrogation when what Arnab had said all along is out in the open? I have a strong feeling that Arnab and his lawyer must have been asked to relax and provided with treats just to make a show that the Mumbai police did something to please UT/SS governing partner.

    I don’t think Sonia Gandhi will give even ten percent of the excuses for the ridicule as Rahul Gandhi is giving. Of course, we will have to search for the questions for these answers.

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  2. But let’s remember: Arnab was enabled to open these boxes because of common people on the right who had already begun to openly laugh and crack jokes at the First Family, the Clown Prince, and the Queen. The jibes – and more – on Twitter, FB, and WhatsApp were evidence that they could be laughed at, criticized, and spoken of in contempt.

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  3. Life is a risk-reward game. You take risks in the stock market, you may win big or loose big. Arnab took a huge risk. Let us remember that Congress framed and nearly destroyed Colonel Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya. And these were well known personalities.

    But with this episode, Arnab has positioned himself as the person who had the guts to cross the rubicon. The rewards will follow. Maybe not explicitly. But will follow all the same. I for one am willing to pay Republic Rs 3 per month for the 2-3 minutes where Arnab showed courage. I may not like the shouting on his channel but I like his courage.

    The interrogation by Mumbai police was another bad tactical mistake by Congress. Now people are incensed at Sonia and this wont end well for the Congress in future polls A voter who doesnt care is one thing, an incensed voter is another thing.

    But if I were Amit Shah I would have posted a few CRPF personnel in the police station to make sure that Arnab is not harmed. And put in a sound byte in his favour to make sure that anyone who causes any harm will not be spared.

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    1. “But if I were Amit Shah I would have posted a few CRPF personnel in the police station to make sure that Arnab is not harmed.”

      In my circles, all staunch BJP supporters, the one person who is being mocked even more openly than Sonia G is Amit Shah. People are saying that his so-called Chanakya Neeti is just totally bogus.

      Let us see his alleged accomplishments.

      a. Removal of Article 370: Please read the tweets of Prof. Hari Om, who used to write for The Hindu back before N. Ram took over and it was worth reading. The domicile rules that the BJP has promulgated have restored the old situation. You and I can’t buy land in J&K. People of J cannot apply for government jobs, etc. The main reason is that the BJP has apparently tied up with a dubious character called Altaf Bukhari and is now bending over backwards to propitiate him. So if the BJP has to alienate the people of Jammu, so be it. THAT seems to be Shah’s philosophy, and it will backfire spectacularly. The BJP won’t “win hearts and minds” in Kashmir, but will surely lose them in Jammu. If the BJP dilutes its ideological stance, that will be the beginning of its end.

      B. Ram Mandir: Almost exclusively the work of ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi. I know some andha bhaktas will claim that behind the scenes Amit Shah moved mountains, but I discount all that talk.

      C. Shaheen Bagh protests and anti-CAA riots: I am guessing that he thought the BJP would derive some electoral advantage by letting this go on. In reality all it did was to embolden a certain community.

      As against the downward spiral of Shah, all of my friends, and I do mean ALL of them, are full of admiration for Yogi for the manner in which he handled the anti-CAA protests by billing the vandals for the cost, then the dumping of the migrant labourers by Kejriwal, and whatnot. He is truly a future PM. I hope Modi doesn’t try to foist Shah on us in 2024 (or later), because he is simply not as capable as Yogi. By now that should be amply clear.

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      1. Wnen the neutrality of police is in dispute and in doubt, there is no point in letting Arnab go alone again.

        Amit Shah needs to take some corrective steps if he wants to be in the reckoning for the PM post – in Shaheen Bagh, anti-CAA riots and Markaz events he should have taken firm action.

        Yogi Adityanaths Chanakya Neeti is the best – come down very hard so that the trouble makers dont entertain any doubts that they will succeed. His putting down the CAA riots in UP was a tremendous achievement because direct action day reenactment was in the offing. In times of trouble, no point in having a large police force or army sitting in the barracks.

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      2. Agree one hundred percent that Yogiji has proven to be an excellent administrator of a very important and very big state. But let us go back to the time when Yogiji was just an MP. Nobody really knew anything about his administrative ability. BJP got supermajority in UP. Even many BJP stalwarts were skeptical about choosing Yogiji as a CM of UP. At that time Amit Shah as a president of BJP with the blessings on Narendra Modi chose Yogiji as CM of UP. So for all practical purposes, if Yougiji is a king, Amit Shah is a King Maker.

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  4. I am not too optimistic.
    First, remember that pre-2014, Arnab was just as much a dynasty admirer as others – in particular, Priyanka Gandhi was the epitome of grace while Modiji was the uncouth challenger. Old articles at mediacrooks.com pre-2014 have a record of the kind of reporting that Arnab @ TimesNow did in those days – how he tried to portray Priyanka Gandhi as some sort of “Joan of Arc”. We should also not forget how he has displayed his anti-Hindu stand in the case of Sabrimala temple.

    http://www.mediacrooks.com/2014/05/love-loathing-in-amethi.html

    The whole episode of Arnab Goswami’s interrogation and simultaneous release of his attackers on bail only shows BJP’s pusillanimity in bad light juxtaposing it with the ruthlessness of Congress in a state where it finished 4th and is pillion riding with 2 other partners in government. I whole-heartedly agree with Prof Vidyasagar. I am one of those who think that it is Sonia Gandhi who has shown her might to the people once again. Also, it has taken away attention from PM Modi’s own silence whereas people have observed how he had helped demonise Gau-rakshaks, sympathised with Shabana Azmi for a minor accident, gushed in appreciation for any praise and donation to his PM-Cares fund which is now being used to give royal treatment to Tablighis.

    Simultaneously we are seeing incidents of FIRs against poor shop-owners who sport saffron flags and banners with Hindu Gods – under sections of disrupting communal harmony. Today @theskindoctor13 has an FIR registered by cyberabad police for posting a satirical image about oranges being banned for being saffron in colour by Hyderabad police – where he had clearly mentioned at the bottom of the picture that it was satire. I am sure most of us have read and enjoyed his satirical tweets.

    So it has come to this – Sambit Patra and Amit Malviya do Meena-Kumari-level whining on twitter and acting holier than thou, lamenting how even scam accused have not been interrogated by police, questioning the liberals, opposition everybody except PM Modi himself about the silence on Palghar mob lynching. On the other hand, the BJP supporters & Hindutva warriors on right wing are being booked for satirical humour – and I suspect that they are actually approving it!

    @theskindoctor13, once in a while posts satire on BJP as well, he posted one satirical whatsapp chat of BJP MPs, recently when BJP lifted the restrictions of lockdown just after reports of Muslims flouting lockdown norms during Ramzan came out

    And we have the case of cartoonist Manoj Kureel whose account has been suspended by twitter. Now, Kureel has always made cartoons praising the Modi government and lambasting the opposition. But just before his account was suspended, he made 1 cartoon critical of Modi government.

    One has to wonder why all these years Manoj Kureel’s account was never suspended and 1 cartoon critical of BJP and it got suspended by twitter.

    The silence of PM Modi, Amit Shah, etc and their utter inaction on violence by Chrislamists and Palghar lynching has been covered up by the arrest of Arnab. Now there is more sympathy for Arnab than the numerous Sadhus who have been murdered and lynched could ever evoke. Forgotten also is how BJP has let Maulana Saad escape brokering a deal with him at 2AM.

    All that BJP can do is to ask people to do a “Sattvik fast” as silent protest for the Palghar sadhus. Reminds one of MK Gandhi and the entire liberal cabal that made people believe that fasts and non-violence was what made Britishers leave India. After all PM Modi is now following the path of “Mahatma” Gandhi.

    Prof Vidyasagar sir, I am afraid that just as MK Gandhi foisted JL Nehru on the Indian public disregarding the public adulation for Sardar Patel and Netaji, so too will PM Modi following his footsteps sideline Yogi ji for Amit Shah or any other such incapable sycophant.

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    1. Dear Ms. Panda,

      MKG could foist JLN on the Indian public because the press was entirely under their control. Today the situation is very different. A few more screw-ups by Shah and even Modi won’t be able to launch him as PM.

      I think too that the BJP needs to stop these idiotic fasts. All that does is to project the top leadership as utterly helpless and incapable of any action. The BJP can fast just as well with 2 seats as with 303 seats, so if fasting is that it is going to do, we might as well take them back to 2 seats.

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      1. I am beginning to think that our Hindu society somehow has a deep seated envy of achievers amongst peers and a great affinity for mediocrity, due to which there have been many backstabbers / Jaichands in our history, that made us vulnerable to slavery by Chrislamists, amply aided by “brown sahibs” and “Mansinghs”. Otherwise, there was no dearth of either knowledge or bravery in our ancestors.

        I think that nothing else explains why PM Modi persists in surrounding himself with sycophants and keeping meritorious people and advisors away. Why does he repeatedly choose incompetent / less competent people for finance, HRD, law and other such critical ministries. The official BJP IT Cell consisting of worthies like Amit Malviya and Sambit Patra could conceivably be plotting the suppression of real Hindutva voices which once in a while become critical of the Govt. They don’t have the gumption to really prosecute even a small fish in the leftist cabal or opposition parties so they turn their energies in either actively plotting against or approving the hounding of Hindutva warriors who once in a while become critical of the BJP Govt. In other words, they too want absolute approval and no dissent amongst their supporters and they are secretly contemptuous of Hindus anyway.

        The Palghar mob lynching was done by Christian converts with Hindu names led by Communist party leaders. And it is also known that the rampant influence of missionaries and conversion were brought to the notice of Devendra Fadnavis when he was CM for 5 years. He is answerable as well, as to how he let this rampant conversion and demonisation of Hindu sadhus happen – it was a ticking time-bomb that fortunately for BJP, burst when ShivSena+NCP+Congress government was in power. I think it could just as well have happened when Devendra Fadnavis was CM.

        And so it is, that we pro-Hindutva people must beware – not Congress and opposition so much as these insecure people within BJP who would throw us to the wolves, at the first opportunity because they are likely jealous of the mass following and adulation that common RW folks get. They would be carefully watching out for any BJP-criticising tweet or post by a RW person and plot for ruining the person’s life!

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        1. “I think that nothing else explains why PM Modi persists in surrounding himself with sycophants and keeping meritorious people and advisors away. Why does he repeatedly choose incompetent / less competent people for finance, HRD, law and other such critical ministries. The official BJP IT Cell consisting of worthies like Amit Malviya and Sambit Patra could conceivably be plotting the suppression of real Hindutva voices which once in a while become critical of the Govt. They don’t have the gumption to really prosecute even a small fish in the leftist cabal or opposition parties so they turn their energies in either actively plotting against or approving the hounding of Hindutva warriors who once in a while become critical of the BJP Govt. In other words, they too want absolute approval and no dissent amongst their supporters and they are secretly contemptuous of Hindus anyway.”

          Yes, that is now too obvious to be covered up any longer. Hindu lives don’t matter to them, except as a way to garner more votes.

          “And so it is, that we pro-Hindutva people must beware – not Congress and opposition so much as these insecure people within BJP who would throw us to the wolves, at the first opportunity because they are likely jealous of the mass following and adulation that common RW folks get. They would be carefully watching out for any BJP-criticising tweet or post by a RW person and plot for ruining the person’s life!”

          100% correct!

          I am good friends with the two people who played the biggest role in the rise of Modi on the national stage between 2012-13, i.e., until Modi was declared the BJP’s PM candidate. They are full of contempt for Amit Malviya, whom they consider to be a mediocrity and jealous of “outsiders” like themselves. Sambit Patra does not impress me at all.

          By now it is obvious that Modi is deliberately retaining worthless people like Ravishankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar in very senior roles, even they are good for nothing. For example, the spate of FIRs against Arnab (in the 100s) and against ordinary citizens should have been an occasion for the Law Minister (RSP) to say that such frivolous use of FIRs is not desirable, or something to that effect. Where is he hiding?

          If I can draw an analogy with Dr. Kalam, he promoted talented people without bothering about their “seniority.” Why are people like Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (Ladakh MP), Tejasvi Surya etc. not given frontline roles? They may make some mistakes, but the potential is there, and they will grow on the job. Why persist with proven failures?

          The BJP’s official response to the lynching of the sadhus in Palghar is: A FAST? Is that a joke? If so it is a very poor one. I meant what I wrote above. If the only thing that BJP can do to protect Hindus is to go on a fast, then they can do that just as well with 2 seats as with 303.

          And to repeat, please to read the tweets of Prof. Hari Om to find out that all this talk of “Article 370 is repealed” is 100% eyewash.

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          1. This is the right time for BJP to bring in the anti-conversion bill. Those who killed the Sadhus In Palghar and elsewhere are trying to intimidate Sadhus and Hindus. Sadhus are the frontline warriors against conversion.

            Here is a good suggestion from Dr. Frawley, hope the government gives it serious consideration. Only danger with any committee in India is that commies will infiltrate it in due time. Commies infiltrate all committees.

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  5. More than Modi or Shah, it was Arnab who exposed how dumb Raga is before 2014 election in the interview in Times Now. I think that interview was the real turning point.
    On a side note, we have forgotten lynching of Sadhus & Arnab episode has taken high priority.

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